Entrepreneurship is an intense learning process. The best way to learn to read. Today on World Book Day, we suggest you a list of books which every entrepreneur should read:
1) Start-up nation: The story of Israel’s Economic Miracle
Author: Dan Senor and Saul Singer
This book was published in 2009 which examines the economy of Israel. With a population of 7.1 million people and always in a constant state of war, Israel has more start-up companies than any other nation in the world. It has more high tech startups and larger venture capital industry per capita than any other country. The book argues that Israels’s economic growth is the result of Israel Defense Force culture. IDF is mandatory for most young Israelis. It provides potential entrepreneurs with the opportunities to develop a wide array of skills and contacts. This book was a New York Times Bestseller in 2010.
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2) The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right
Author: Atul Gawande
Written by an acclaimed surgeon and writer- Atul Gawande, The Checklist Manifesto focuses on the usage of checklists in relation to several activities in daily and professional lives. He examines how simple checklist can be used in the business world and bring more efficiency, consistency and safety. He talks about a story where an emergency checklist saved a drowning victim who had spent half an hour underwater. In another story, he talks about how a cleanliness checklist in ICU virtually eliminated a type of deadly hospital infection.
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3) The Art of Innovation
Author: Tom Kelley with Jonathan Littman
Tom Kelly, GM of Silicon Valley- based firm IDEO takes readers behind the scenes of his company. He talks about the strategies and secrets to turn out hit after hit. He shows how teams research and immerse themselves in every possible aspect of new product/services and examine each product from the client’s perspective. It takes you through the successful projects of IDEO and shows you how processes actually work.
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4) Heart, Smarts, Guts and Luck – What it takes to be an entrepreneur and build a great business
Author: Anthony K. Tjian, Richard J. Harrington , Tsun- Yan Hsieh
This book is the result of the research started in 2009 on what really makes entrepreneurs and business-builders tick. With hundreds of entrepreneurs and inspirational leaders interviewed and surveyed with the first Entrepreneurial Aptitude Test, the book delves into the four traits of Heart, Smarts, Guts, and Luck that drive success in business and in life. The research highlighted that how self-awareness around these traits can help you understand why you make the decisions you do and how to make better decisions in the future. It begins by helping readers assess their leadership traits and ends with a roundup of practical business wisdom. According to the book, everyone has a combination of these four traits, you need to figure out which trait drives you more. This will lead to greater self awareness and likelihood of success.
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5) Financial Intelligence for Entrepreneurs – What you really need to know about numbers
Author: Karen Berman and Joe Knight with John Case
This book provides a deep understanding of the basics of financial management and measurement. It talks about the assumptions behind financial data, what income statements, balance sheets, and cash flow statements really reveal and how to assess your venture’s financial health using various financial ratios. It also highlights how to instill financial intelligence in your team. It will empower you as an entrepreneur to ” talk numbers” confidently with your stakeholders and partners and access your venture’s financial health in the correct way.
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